During the 1960s, when both fashion and music was a prominent feature in the homes and lives of most Londoners, and indeed the rest of England, a subculture began to form that would later go on to influence and inspire future generations, including a revival in both the seventies and eighties. Made up of mostly male members to begin with, the movement was partly to blame for the social unrest between themselves, the 'mods' or 'modernists', and the 'rockers' - a feud that would dominate media coverage at that time, and shape the way that the youth consumed and controlled music, art and fashion.
One key aspect of this particular culture, of which the 'mods' are probably best remembered for, is their hankering for motor scooters - most notably the Vespa, which has since become the unofficial symbol for a movement that saw the merge of tailor-made suits and turtle neck jumpers.
Now in their seventies and eighties, most of them fathers and grandfathers, many of the original Mods no doubt still reminisce and retain traits that they've kept close to their heart throughout the years. Growing up around a movement that transitioned many of them from an awkward teen into a full-blown adult, the sixties was a time that they probably remember fondly, and a great place to start when conjuring up gift ideas for the older men in your life.
It's very fitting then that Lush have chosen to release the Modfather Bubble Bar as part of their very first Fathers' Day range. Designed to look like the Royal Air Force roundel, a mod symbol that was worn on the sleeves and jackets of practicing mods at the time, this product is rather simplistic in design but equally interesting to look at.
The first aspect that I noticed about this bubble bar, is that it's rather small when compared to other Lush variations. In fact, aside from Dear John and Rose, I'd say that this was up there as being one of the smallest and most compact bath products that Lush have ever offered.
Having said that, the scent that Modfather offers is by no means a reflection of its size. Packed full of Brazilliant orange oil and very little else, this bubble bar has a sweet, fruity and rather juicy fragrance that holds its own in the bath. The only downside to the size of the product is that it would be a bit of a stretch to share this between two baths, and even if you did manage to get multiple uses out of it, I can't imagine either of the baths being as strong in scent as you would expect from some of Lush's other, slightly bigger bars.
A downside to some, a merit to others, this bubble bar harvests quite a simplistic aroma - one that smells almost identical to the recently released Bouncy Bunny Shower Jelly. It omits a very sweet, fruity aroma that reminds me of orange jelly, and not much else - but one that is uplifting and zesty enough that it's nowhere near as flat and synthetic smelling as you would expect other shop brought cosmetics to be.
Even when fresh, Modfather is rather stubborn to crumble, and you will have to hold it under the hot water for a matter of minutes to fully soften it. Once it has been added to the bath however, the bubbles multiply very quickly and you are left with a bath full of fluffy, fragrant bubbles.
What is great about this bubble bar is that it changes the bath water into a vivid and very bright, translucent blue - one that stays both vibrant and beautiful throughout the whole experience. Furthermore, although the scent is not as strong as The Brightside or Sunnyside, the bubble bar does retain its scent while you're in the tub,
It's fairly average when it comes to being moisturising - slightly more nourishing than you would expect a bath bomb to be, but not as conditioning as the likes of the aforementioned bubble bars above. I could smell Modfather on my skin afterwards, but the fragrance didn't last that long at all, and it would have vanished had I sprayed on any perfume anyway.
Overall, I really like the Modfather and appreciate the fruity, zesty aroma that it brings to the table. I would definitely have liked it to have been bigger, and I would have appreciated a little more zest if it were possible, but it was a lovely bubble bar to use, and one that will jazz things up a bit when I need something uplifting to share my bath with.
Quantitative Ingredients: Sodium Bicarbonate, Tartaric acid, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Lauryl Betaine, Cornstarch, Brazilliant Orange Oil, *Limonene, Titanium Dioxide, Colour 42090, Colour 14700.
2016 Price: ?
Year Of Original Release: 2016.